From the Gazette, 23 November 1948...
An ideal escape from the weather is a visit to Marton Parochial Hall, where Marton Parish Church Operatic Society are this week presenting "HMS Pinafore" in the direct D'Oyly Carte tradition.
Here is warmth and gay good humour, a fine chorus (where do they find so many men who can really sing?) excellent principals, orchestra, production, staging and costumes. The cast has a stylish approach and producer Madam Jennifer North, late of the D'Oyly Carte Company, has given the piece the true professional touch.
Roy Ward's Dick Deadeye nearly steals the show with his black and mighty voice and sinister aspect.
William Tillotson is a very gallant Captain, William Moister a languid Sir Joseph and Mona Etherington a Little Buttercup whose every word and gesture is a delight. Frank Davies and Gladys Metcalfe are in golden voice as the lovers, Jack Wade is Bill, Arnold Preston Bob, and charming Jessica Bebbington Hebe.
A star in his own right is 11-year-old John Stevenson, the midshipmite. - F.H.